A shared emphasis on the overall university experience was one of several areas of common ground to emerge when a delegation from the University of West Georgia (UWG) visited UNE to sign a memorandum of understanding recently.
The MOU followed a visit by UNE lecturers Dr John Scott, Dr Jim Maher and Dr Wendy Beck to UWG in April 2009.
Prof Bill Shaniel and Prof Theresa Orr from UWG held fruitful talks with UNE’s Vice Chancellor, Prof Jim Barber, as well as UNE academics in a range of disciplines.
Prof Shaniel and Prof Orr also enjoyed tours of UNE’s campus and residential facilities, as well as close-up encounters with Australian native wildlife.
Dr Maher, a lecturer in the UNE’s School of Humanities and one of the organisers of the visit, said there were excellent opportunities for staff and student exchanges between the two institutions, noting common teaching and research interests in archaeology, anthropology, political science, sociology and music. He also noted both institutions’ shared love of football.
“I’m sure some of our college rugby players would love to try their hand at American football, and vice versa,” Dr Maher said.
Dr Scott likewise noted the institutions’ similarities, adding that he also saw fruitful links in rural criminology.
Profs Shaniel and Orr also met Armidale Dumaresq Mayor Peter Ducat and General Manager Shane Burns, raising the possibility of formal friendship status between Armidale Dumaresq Council and the Council of Carrollton, Georgia, where UWG is located.
Named by The Princeton Review as one of the Best Southeastern Colleges and one of America’s Best Value Colleges, the University of West Georgia provides 116 programs of study, including 59 at the bachelor’s level, 42 at the master’s and specialist levels, three at the doctoral level and 12 at the certificate level.
Like UNE, UWG also offers courses via online and blended delivery for students seeking flexibility in time and location.
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